The End of an Era...
With heavy hearts we are
announcing the passing of Frohwind. He had the look of his mother,
Windstille and the heart of his legendary father, Furioso II. Like his
father, Frohwind was blessed with the ability to stamp his offspring with
his athleticism, heart and his look. He came into our lives when Jorg
and Waltraud Stockinger
(Margret's parents) decided to purchase the two year old from
Michael McClure. Michael told us that Frohwind was the first frozen
semen baby conceived in the US and to celebrate this, a naming contest was
held and that is how he got his name.
Helmut and Margret
Schrant began his training and Frohwind’s first major public appearance was at the 100 Day
Stallion Testing at Rancho Murrieta, CA where he became Champion with
137.54 points – a score which set a record high for many years. He scored
9’s for Willingness to Work, Ability to Work and Rideability. Even though
he earned the nickname “bedroom eyes” a romancer he was not, he was always
a serious contender. Always on task; keeping an eye out at the farm,
excelling in his training and his trademark announcement of his presence
at every horse show. He was truly one of a kind. In competition, he
excelled in dressage, eventing and the jumper ring. A true all round
athlete, with the heart of a champion.
In 1991, Frohwind expanded
his horizons from Illinois by including Oklahoma in his territory. An
enduring partnership was formed between the Schrants of Meadow Brook Farm
and the Carlsons of Woodridge Farm. Throughout his competition years
Frohwind alternated residence between the two farms. While at Meadow
Brook he was shown in jumper competition by Helmut and when at Woodridge
he was shown in dressage by Anthea Kin and then Helen Partington. On his
was to earning his stallion star ratings there was a friendly competition
between Helmut and Helen as to who would ride him to that coveted
Performance Star. Helmut would prevail and he earned that star for his
winnings in Open Jumpers. The following year,
Frohwind would have earned it with his scores at Prix St. George
under Helen. He was soon to earn the coveted Five Star designation – a
distinction earned by only a handful of stallions.
Frohwind went on to
become one of the leading producers for the Oldenburg registry. For many
years he was the leading producer of Premium Foals, he has many Premium
mares and three licensed stallion sons. His
performance offspring have excelled in hunter, jumper, eventing, dressage
and combined driving competition. In 2000 and 2003 he was the USEF Leading
Sire for Half-Arabians and has remained in the top ten sire list of this
category almost every year since - including 2013 to date.
His legacy will live on in the many generations
that follow him.
In his later years he
stayed at Woodridge Farm and impressed everyone with his strength and
stoicism. Despite his advancing years he would always have to show off to
other stallions and go through the posturing until they admitted he was
“king”. He would bow his neck and trot off with an extension worthy of a
five year old! He would never admit to any unsoundness or infirmity. So
it was a blessing that on Sunday, after breakfast he
laid down and closed his eyes for the last time at the grand age of 29
in front of our very eyes and saved us all from having
to make the decision all we animal guardians
Our thanks go to
veterinarians Vickie Heidlage and Jim Shipman and our farrier Mike Proulx
who kept him at his best for so long.
He truly was the horse of a lifetime.